Gallery Collection : Jewellery

The Jewellery gallery shows ornaments worn by peasant as well as elite in the 19th century Jaipur region.

Displayed here are the inexpensive ornaments worn by peasant men and women in the 19th century eastern Rajasthan. They are made of silver, brass and a kind of alloy known as gilat. These include rings, bracelets, waist-belts, ear-studs and ear rings, forehead and foot ornaments.

Pt. Braj Ballabh, head clerk of the Jaipur Museum, who had been asociated with Col. T.H. Hendley in assembling a major part of the collection also prepared a list of ornaments worn by the peasant class and the same was purchased from fairs and village markets.

 

Enamelling and Studding Jewels

 

Meenakars and enamellers of Amber and Jaipur have been well known for centuries for their excellent workmanship.  Raja Man Singh-I had brought five Sikh families of enamellers from Lahore, who also contributed to this magnificent craft. They settled at Amber and practised the craft under State patronage, later when the capital shifted from Amber to Jaipur, the families also moved and settled in the Jadiyon Ka Rasta (Chaura Rasta) and Kashinath Ki Gali (Gopal Ji Ka Rasta). A magnificent collection of Jaipur enamels can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 1884, T.H. Hendley wrote, "The Jeypore artist is renowned not only for purity of his colours but for the evenness with which they are applied."

Pratapgadhi, theva enamel work is also on view here.

 

The enamel of Lucknow has silver base and colours are mostly greens and blues and sometimes also yellow and brown. Designs are realistic and show animals, birds, disbursed over a floriated surface. A number of small articles and buttons are on display here.

Fashioning and studding precious and semi-precious stones has been a speciality of Jaipur. Ladi hars of semi-precious stones are on display here.

Now a word about garnet, this maroonish-red semiprecious stone has been a speciality of Jaipur. It was an important industry in this region. The best garnets are found near Rajmahal on the river Banas. Jaipur garnets are still in great demand throughout India, Europe and United States of America. In the 19th century, Maharaja Ram Singh-II (1835-1880) was very fond of this stone and though local jauharis (jewellers) made exquisite garnet ornaments, he had a small workshop in the City Palace, where beautiful pieces were produced; some of which were acquired for the Museum.

 

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REPRESENTATIVE SELECTION

  • Metal Object

    Metal Object

    A metal object with relief peacock design and engraved work, with floral design and relief pattern, Jaipur, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number 2502

  • Anklet

    Anklet

    Base metal anklet worn by village women.

    Accession Number 2858

  • Hair Pin

    Hair Pin

    A silver hair pin with filgri work. It has butterfly engraved on top with small flowers on feathers of butterfly.

    Accession Number N/724

  • Hair Pin

    Hair Pin

    A silver hair pin with filgri work. It has butterfly engraved on top with small flowers on feathers of butterfly, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number N/723

  • Scarf Pin

    Scarf Pin

    Silver pin of star and crescent shape with garnets set in it. Five garnets in the crescent and nine in the star. Little engraving on the rim of the crescent, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number NN-110

  • Safety Pin

    Safety Pin

    Silver pin in flower shape. A round garnet in the centre with 10 garnets as the petals, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number 3715

  • Ear Ring

    Ear Ring

    A silver ear ring in filgiri work, flower with perforated curved leaves below. At the end is a bell which is also perforated, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number N/86

  • Bracelet

    Bracelet

    Silver bracelet with wavy pattern and perforations, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number N/75

  • Hair Ornament

    Hair Ornament

    Silver hair ornament with chains and pendants, Filgiri work is seen, Dhaka, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number N/715

  • Tray

    Tray

    A silver circular tray having big beautiful open flower in the centre with perforated petals and a metal bead in the centre. Tray is in floral pattern in two layers. Whole surface is with very fine perforation, Dhaka, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number N/714

  • Scarf Pin

    Scarf Pin

    A scarf pin in floral pattern with octagonal petals, alternating with round garnet fitted into the shape. In the centre also, it is studded with garnets, 19thcentury. 

    Accession Number NN-97

  • A Hair Pin

    A Hair Pin

    A long hair pin oval in structure, studded with a garnet having triangular design all around, 19th century. 

    Accession Number NN-103

  • Sari pin

    Sari pin

    An oval shaped sari pin with different types of flowers in saffron, pink and white-yellow, 19th century. 

    Accession Number N/1130/AddP650(b)

  • Brooch Locket

    Brooch Locket

    A locket having twenty-four garnet beads in different shape, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3599

  • Brooch, Crescent and Star

    Brooch, Crescent and Star

    This crescent and star topped brooch with two pins, Jaipur, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3737

  • Necklace with double row of large stones

    Necklace with double row of large stones

    A necklace having double rows of heavy garnets. The upper row has projected face with moustache and the lower row has bird projection, Jaipur, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3625

  • Pair Earrings

    Pair Earrings

    A pair of garnets studded, Jaipur, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3667

  • Pair of Earring

    Pair of Earring

    A pair of earring having eight petalled flower. Total nine garnet beads are studded on its top. The base has a crescent end attached with a small pipe, Trichnapalli, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3647A

  • Necklace

    Necklace

    A necklace with large daligon. It is in triangular form, red stones are fixed in it small round brownish red beads are hanging outside. It has two hooks, Burma, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 3624

  • Flower Ornament

    Flower Ornament

    A silver flower ornament with hanging chain, filgiri work, Trichnapalli, 19th century. 

    Accession Number 6684

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